Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pudhina Rice - Another version :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Here is another method of making the refreshing pudhina rice :)

You will need :

Mint leaves - 2 bunches 
Onion-  1 medium finely chopped
Green Chillies - 7-8 or to your taste
Coconut grated/shredded - 1/4 cup
Cumin - abt 1-2 tbsp
Whole garam masala 
Cashews roasted for garnish
Green peas - a little more than 1/4 cup (optional)
Rice - 2 cups cooked and cooled (add little oil while cooking so that the grains won't stick!!)

You need to do :

1. Grind the mint leaves, green chillies and coconut to a fine paste.. add very little or no water while grinding.
2. In a wide pan/skillet heat oil and add the cumin, whole garam masala and onions and fry well. Don't burn the onions.
3. Now add the ground paste, salt and fry for about 5 min or so till the raw smell is gone.
4. Add the cashews and rice and mix well and serve hot with Raita.

Here you go 

Smile :)

Mushroom Curry

Mushrooms... Three thousand years ago, mushrooms were a delicacy of the Pharaohs in Egypt, who considered them too delicate for common people to eat. They were favored in ancient Rome as a "Food of the Gods.So here's a very quick and tasty recipe. I'm not a good fan of mushrooms but started to like them :)

So here you go:

You will need :

Button mushrooms - chopped - 2-3 cups
Onions - 2 large chopped finely
Tomatoes - 2 med chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - abt 1-2 tbsp
Curd - abt 1/4 cup
Coriander powder - abt 1-2 tsp
Amchur powder - abt 1 tsp or to your taste(optional)
Red chilli powder
Turmeric powder
Whole garam masala

The Procedure :

1. Heat oil in a kadai and add the whole garam masala and cumin.
2. Add onions and fry till golden brown.
3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for about 3 min.
4. Add the tomatoes and fry well they they are mashed up... add little water if necessary.
5. Add salt, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder , amchur powder and mix well.
6. Add the mushrooms and add about 1/2 cup water mix well and with lid on, cook on a low flame with lid on till you get a good consistent gravy.
7. Add curd and mix well and cook for 2-3 min.
8. Add the chopped cilantro and serve hot.

And you are done :)

This goes well with white rice, brown rice, chapathis and naans too :)

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